7 Days of DroidDog: 02/19/10

John Walton
Cell Phone Editor
| February 18, 2010

If you're a big fan of Android, you already know: The start of MWC in Barcelona signals a deluge of tech news, and this year has been no exception. The Android videos, announcements, images, and stories have been flooding the airwaves (webwaves, whatever) and DroidDog caught a bunch of it. Perhaps most important of the week's news was HTC's announcement of Desire and Legend. PhoneDog had Ewan MacLeod on the scene, and he was able to get some demo time with each device: Legend and Desire.


I'm not sure how to tastefully unload links to posts about all of the other other new devices we learned of because there are just so many. Click here to subscribe to DroidDog's RSS feed and catch up on all of the MWC buzz with title previews. You can also check out Dustin's brief Daily summary, posted when there's just too many stories to write an individual post for each.


While the hardware in Spain pulled the spotlight away from apps for the week, a few popped up that are definitely worth mentioning. Google just announced Shopper - an app that instantly renders at least five other programs useless. Ouch. The big G has a way of doing that. Verizon's cellular division and FiOS teamed up to bring Moto Droid and HTC Imagio users an app that turns their phone into a remote control, which is both very handy and a total waste of battery - that is, unless you lost your standard issue controller and spent all of your remote funds on a Droid without contract. I've been doing fine with Pocket Auctions ebay for a while, but an official version has been released, and it looks great.

Hacks & Mods

Before I just into our Hacks & Mods content for the week, check out this post on DroidShirts.com. Carlos Graves, the man you see reviewing all those cooked ROMs on DroidDog, has his own shirt up for sale there. Enthusiasts of Android hacks should check it out.

Speaking of Carlos, dude got an N1 this week, and he's already tinkering. Take a look at his video on a Kspec Kustom theme. Andrew over-clocked his Nexus One and the Desire ROM (with Sense) is now in the hands of cookers. I'm going back-and-forth on whether or not I want to root. I mean, once I start, I'll never stop. There will be a new ROM every two days and once a month I'll find myself in some critical emergency situation that requires my full attention for 5 hours straight. I'm not saying that's what Android hacking is about; I'm saying that's what happens when I do it. I'm relying on my Nexus to keep my budget in check and I'm not sure I want to risk it. The phone rocks socks as-is. Besides, I've got my (laggier-than-stock) Sense keyboard. EDIT: With haptic feedback disabled, the Sense QWERTY is snappy.

More to come...

Alberto wrote about Myriad's Dalvik Turbo, which will speed Android apps up a great deal. Alberto is DroidDog's new Special Content Editor, and he has a lot of great material in store, so be sure to stay tuned for that. There are so many other posts that - like I said - I don't know how to list all of them. Just check out the site, eh? Here are a few worthy of a quick note:

Google preparing Flash (AIR in the works as well)

Everybody's talking about TAT

Camangi slashes price on Webstation

Take care